Career Opportunities

Careers in sports management are unlimited and will encompass a wide variety of interests, passions and career goals. The discipline is broken into three segments:

  • Sport Entertainment
  • Sport Product
  • Sport Support Organizations

This program will prepare students in a unique way for a career in the rapidly changing arena of sport.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of entertainment and sports occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.  Strong demand from the public for entertainment, as well as the increasing popularity of sports, will contribute to job growth for the entertainment and sports occupations.

The median annual wage for entertainment and sports occupations was $42,940 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.

Job opportunities include:

  • Game day coordinators
  • Athletic administrator
  • Event coordinator
  • Sports marketing
  • Facility operations manager
  • Financial and contract analyst
  • Guest relations manager
  • Corporate partnerships manager

Recent graduates are employed by:

  • NASCAR
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • EKU Athletics
  • University of Kentucky Football Operations
  • Coaches in Football, Swimming and Basketball
  • YMCA of Kentucky
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Athletic Director, Coppin State University

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Entertainment and Sports Occupations, 
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/home.htm